The Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix kick off the unofficial start to summer in the French Riviera. This week-end Audemars Piguet unveiled a new, limited edition, Royal Oak Offshore to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Le Byblos. Together with its night club, Les Caves du Roy, the iconic Saint-Tropez Hotel has contributed to the international renown of the Mediterranean jet set playground since its opening.
The new Royal Oak Offshore models launched to mark this occasion are offered in two versions: a men’s piece in rose gold and a women’s diamond set version in stainless steel. The men’s version is a pink gold Royal Oak Offshore chronograph dressed in white. The trademark dial features the brand’s tapisserie pattern, snailed subdials and the AP logo at 3 o’clock. It is framed by a tachymeter scale. The pink gold hour markers and Royal Oak hands feature luminescent coating. The white rubber strap is closed by a pin buckle.
The emblematic 44 mm pink gold case with its large rectangular pushers is built around the chronograph movement 3126 calibre with automatic winding. As always with Audemars Piguet, the finishing of the movement is top notch and can be admired through the exhibition case back. Held by eight screws, the case back features the hotel’s anniversary dates and its coat of arms (depicting the abduction of the nymph Europa by Zeus).
Overall, this limited edition is well-thought out, capturing both the brand’s elegant sportiness and the relaxed Mediterranean spirit of the French Riviera. Being a Royal Oak Offshore chronograph, it is a statement on the wrist but I appreciate that Audemars Piguet and Le Byblos have not dressed up this partnership too much, with only the case-back personalisation.
We will provide more details about this Royal Oak Offshore limited edition as soon as we have a live photo opportunity.
Technical specifications – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronograph Le Byblos 50th anniversary – BAP (Be Happy) Byblos Audemars Piguet
- Case: 44 x 14 mm – pink gold – glare-proofed sapphire crystal and sapphire case back – water resistant to 100m
- Movement: automatic chronograph caliber 3126 – 13’’’ ¼ – 50h power reserve – 21’600 vibrations/h (3 Hz.) – 59 jewels – chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date
- Strap: white rubber strap with pink gold pin buckle.
There’s also a ladies model in stainless steel, with a diamond set bezel.